Friday, February 14, 2014

no. 262 - padres rookie stars

Who is the man: Both Jim Williams and Dave Robinson spent the vast majority of their 1970 season playing for the Triple A Salt Lake City Bees. Both were regulars for Salt Lake, but neither were particularly strong that season.

Can ya dig it: This is another one of my early 1971s. The more I do this, the more I want to upgrade those cards.

Right on: Both Williams and Robinson don't look very thrilled to be part of a franchise that wasn't even three years old.

You see these rookies are bad mothers: Ha! That's a laugh. The Padres' career won-loss record at this point was 115-209. There were no stars or bad-asses coming from that team.

Shut your mouth: Neither of these guys would have another Topps card. In fact, between the two of them, they would play in only seven more games after this card appeared. All seven were recorded by Robinson.

No one understands him but his woman: One of the two home runs that Robinson would hit in his career was against Juan Marichal.

(A word about the back): It figures that Williams is a Dodger reject. The Padres seemed to pick up a lot of Dodgers discards, especially in the 1970s.


  1. The first SD GM was Buzzie Bavasi who was the Dodger GM going back to the Brooklyn days, so he would know the LA players and prospects.

  2. I was looking up SD transactions...Robinson is really the first MLB Padre ever. He was one five selected players selected by SD in a June 7th 1968 amateur draft. He was the only player to sign with the team.